Tapani Hyvönen graduated as an industrial designer from the present Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture 1974. In 1976, he founded the design agency “Destem Ltd.” and was
co-founder of ED-Design Ltd. in 1990. He has served as CEO and president of both agencies until 2013. He has been a visiting professor at Guangdong University of Technology in Guangzhou and Donghua University in Shanghai, China.
Hyvönen has been honored with several awards in Finland, including the Arts Council of Finland's National Art & Design Award of 1984, the Industrial Designers TKO association’s Industrial Designer of the Year award in 1991, and the Pro Finnish Design award in 1992. Design works by Tapani Hyvönen are chosen in the collections of Design Museum Helsinki, Design Centrum Nordrhein-Westfalen, Essen, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York.
Positions of trust include, among others, membership in the Advisory Board of the Design Leadership Program at the Department of Product and Strategic Design of University of Art and Design Helsinki in 1989 –2000, Presidency of The Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo in 2009 - 2012. He has been a member of the Board of the Design Museum in Finland since 2011-2016 and a member of the Board of International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) in 1999–2003, and again in 2009–2013.
Tapani Hyvönen has been a jury member in more than 20 times in international design competitions including the red dot Award Product Design Essen Germany 2002-2017, the red dot Award Design Concepts Singapore 2005-2114, the Red Star Design Competition, China 2010 and 2014 and the Lotus Design competition, China 2011.